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Vol 6 (AAC) No 7

Published 1st May 2013


Namibia

Teko trio on trial

Four years after their arrest, two Nambians and one Chinese national begin their defence against allegations of bribery and corruption

The much-anticipated trial in the US$55.3 million-Nuctech scanner case, in which the three defendants are charged with inflating invoices and pocketing a $12.8 mn. kickback, got off to a cautious start on 18 April before Acting Judge Maphios Cheda. The defence is led by Gerson Hinda. State Prosecutor Danie Small must pick his way through the paper trail stretching from Windhoek to Beijing via a series of offshore Citibank accounts. The incident led the Chinese government to block any mention of Namibia in the media in 2009.

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